Adelaide United FC will be out to improve its unflattering record at the Sydney Football Stadium against Sydney FC when the sides do battle in Round 2 of the Hyundai A-League 2009/10 Season on Sunday 16 August 2009 (Kick-Off 4.30pm ACST).
The lop sided ledger sees The Reds with just one win from seven outings in Sydney since the start of the Hyundai A-League, however United Coach Aurelio Vidmar believes that the United squad that fronts up on Sunday has what it takes to come away with the points.
“We’ll need to make sure we follow the game plan to a tee and I think we can do that. Once again, I’ve been really pleased with the week on the track and they’re keen, they’re fit and they’re fresh so with all of those ingredients, if they can stay with the structure, we’re a good show,” Vidmar said.
The Reds’ travelling party to the harbour city will include new signings Inseob Shin and experienced former Sydney FC defender Mark Rudan after their international clearances came through during the week, meaning Rudan could play a part against his former side.
Adding to the spice of Rudan’s inclusion for Sunday’s match is Reds defender Iain Fyfe also returning to face his former club for the first time, the 27 year old likely to have the task of stopping Adelaide born Sydney FC striker John Aloisi.
The Reds have received one setback ahead of the clash with Cassio ruled out through illness, the left sided Brazilian not having trained since early in the week.
Vidmar is unperturbed by United’s past results in Sydney, his focus instead on the challenge that confronts his team, a challenge Vidmar knows will be extremely tough, especially after Sydney’s impressive first up win over North Queensland Fury in Townsville.
They (Sydney) will certainly be eager to put on a good performance. They’re a good footballing side, we saw that last week, and you have to give them a lot of credit because it’s not going to be easy to go to North Queensland and take points,” Vidmar said.
“Every game is different. They (Sydney) are a different team than they were last year so it (United’s record in Sydney) is no big deal really, it’s just another game and if we play to our ability I’m confident that we can get a result.”
Having contained Perth Glory last Friday night, United’s defence will be put to the test again on Sunday, and although Vidmar was pleased with the opening round clean sheet, he knows The Reds will need to be at the top of their game to stop Sydney FC.
“I thought our defenders last week were superb…and we expect the same performance this week. It’s not going to be easy, obviously they’ve got Aloisi, (Alex) Brosque, and (Steve) Corica who might come in as well, and those boys coming in from behind in the front third make them probably one of the most dangerous sides in the competition.”
Another who would like to see United keep its ‘goals against’ column unblemished is goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic, who is set to make his 50th Hyundai A-League appearance on Sunday, the Hyundai A-League 2008/09 Goalkeeper of the Year and Qantas Socceroo’s 49 Hyundai A-League games to date including 15 for Melbourne Victory.
Kick-Off to Adelaide United’s match against Sydney FC is at 5.00pm AEST (4.30pm ACST).